Widgets The Swingles' Dramatic Developments: Devoted to God

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Devoted to God

Joyce and I just enjoyed the film Bella. It deserved all the awards it won. It's quite life affirming on many levels.

The back-story on the DVD of how they used creative methods to get an audience is quite inspirational, especially since they stayed in theatres and amazing four months.

I always thought of Bella as being an Italian name, but our sleuthing uncovered the fact that it is also given by Spanish speaking parents, as in this film. It's a diminutive of Isabel, which means Devoted to God.


At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Maria said...

Cool! I will look for the DVD. I love the meanings of names and was interested in this version. (My grandmother and cousin's names are Isabel.) Another translation I learned was that Isabel is the Spanish of Elizabeth or the Hebrew Elisheva, which means God's abundance. Correct me if I'm wrong?

At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Omar Poppenlander said...

Bella can also, of course, mean 'beautiful.' And that works in the context of the movie too. I love that each of these interpretations adds different layers to the film.

Beth and I enjoyed this movie and I may show it sometime at our church movie night.


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